The antiquities department on Tuesday announced the completion of the last season of excavations at Ayios Sozomenos-Djirpoulos, which uncovered new information about the complex found in the area.
Part of the Ayios Sozomenos Excavations and Survey Project (ASESP), the last season of excavations took place between May 10 and July 2, aiming to clarify the plan of the architectural remains found previously in the area.
“As reported in previous years, the project included a survey for the re-appraisal of earlier surveys and the location of possible new sites of the Late Bronze Age in the region,” a written announcement said.
The survey was followed by more excavations at the forts at Barsak and Nikolides which helped archaeologists understand the relationship between them and with other discoveries, such as the complex of workshops uncovered at Djirpoulos and the storage building located at Ampelia.
“With this final season the project came to a close,” the department said.
The latest excavations moved westward to determine the size of the complex and establish whether all of the findings were interconnected or just individual units.
It had been confirmed in previous seasons that the complex had two phases in its lifespan, with the latest iteration severely destroyed.
During the last season archaeologists removed layers of earth and collapsed building materials to reveal previous structures and foundations that were later reused.
“In summary, it seems that in the later phase there were complexes consisting of adjoining rooms with evidence of workshop activities,” the antiquities department said. “It also appears that there were separate complexes rather than one continuous unit, possibly dedicated to different activities”.
A range of ceramics and other items were found, consisting mostly of plain cooking ware. “Stone grinders, mortars, saddle querns, pieces of stone vats, slag and small fragments of copper objects as well as a copper pendant were found in a small area,” in addition to gaming stones, sling stones and weights from the later period.
The report further said that in the earlier phase, walls were constructed differently and rooms were smaller, and while some were reused in the later phase, no major changes were made in the design or orientation of the buildings.
“Initially, they were connected by a long corridor on the north, which was later substituted by a street. It is evident that the last phase suffered a severe destruction before its abandonment, which seems to be particularly heavy in the western part of the complex”.